about a man who deceived his father by acting to be
his brother in order to attain the possession of his
brother\u2019s birthright. The heart is just as deceitful in
putting on a disguise and acting in a way in order to
conceal the truth and to deceive others. We put on
\u201cmasks\u201d to hide our true motives and mislead others by
the deception that is seated within our hearts. We
sometimes tell the facts in such a way so that we look like the innocent victim and the
other party is portrayed as the bad one. All of this craftiness comes from our evil
hearts and we need to be aware of this flaw inside every one of us. Everybody have
a deceitful heart and our hearts are a mess, that is why we need YHVH to \u201cexpose\u201d
our hearts so that we can \u201csee\u201d what is our true motives or conviction so that we can
To illustrate this more clearly, lets use the example on the Sabbath. Some believers
believe to keep the Sabbath and others believe to keep the Sunday and others
believe you can keep any day. When you, as a Sabbath keeper, see these people
not observing the Sabbath, your deceitful heart judges them and you feel \u201cmore
righteous\u201d than them. You see them as unrighteous and you \u201celevate\u201d yourself above
them because you are right and they are wrong. Shame on you! Your heart \u201c dress
you up\u201d (just like Jacob) to be proud and you judge and accuse people around you.
When you see fellow believers doing the Sabbath, but they do not do it exactly as
you, you lift the eyebrow and make a comment about them doing it wrong or
compromising. Shame on you!
On the other hand if believers are not convicted to do the Sabbath their hearts rise up
and produce logic why they do not keep the Sabbath. Their hearts produce logical
reasoning why they can excuse themselves from doing YHVH\u2019s Word or it \u201cdress
them up\u201d in pride and \u201choliness\u201d to look down on those who do not have their
conviction. Both of these attitudes are wrong and spring forth from a deceitful heart.
have a clear view of what is right and what is wrong, only YHVH can do this. The
word used for \u201creins\u201d or \u201cinnermost thoughts\u201d is the same word used for kidneys and
they are the \u201cseat of your desire\u201d YHVH knows what lies behind your thoughts and
Satan is very creative and come up with \u201clogic\u201d that takes its seat in your heart. What
is the desire that lies behind the logic you adopt? Your desires come from your
deceitful heart and cause you to reason in a certain way. It is the \u201cground\u201d for Satan
to sow his seed and when the seed brings forth fruit, you will be convinced by this
logic to defend your behaviour.
YHVH judges a man according to his path and the fruit of his deeds. Note that it is
not according to his deeds that he will be judged, but by the fruit of his deeds will he
be judged. Why is this? You might do a small thing that is wrong, but there might be
eyes watching you. Your kids will see what your do and will follow in your example.
Other believers or even unbelievers may be watching you and will justify their actions
based upon yours and you may cause them to stumble. You as a parent or a leader;
people do not do what you say but will do what you do. Lead by example. Remember
this always! You as a leader or a parent will get a greater judgement because your
actions directed the behaviour of your children and of others you lead and you will be
judged by this fruit.
Fruit comes from a seed that is a very small thing. The \u201cseed\u201d might be a good deed
or a mitzvot that you sow in someone\u2019s life that can cause the person\u2019s walk.
Overcome the bad by doing good and always operate in the opposite spirit to break
the \u201cbad\u201d cycle caused by a deceitful heart.
Is the way you interpret the Scripture the right way or are you misled by your deceitful
heart that bias you to one side of the Truth and skew your believes in one or the
other direction. A good example of this is back in the time of the Civil war in America
where the majority of the people were Christians and knew their Bibles. North went to
war against the South and everybody thought they were doing it according to
Scripture. The North did not believe in slavery and emphasize the New Testament
verses that said that we are set free in Messiah. The South believed in slavery and
based their believes on the Word where it tells you to treat your slaves well. Both
sides saw this in Scripture and thought YHVH was in their corner and supporting their
actions. Why is it that these two groups who both claim that they got their views from
Scripture be so wrong? Both used examples in Scripture and interpreted to suit their
view. How can I know that through my deceitful heart that I will interpret Scripture
correctly? How do I know my theology is correct?
Scriptures to them. The people of Berea received the Word with openness and
eagerness BUT they also examined what they heard daily, comparing it to the
Scripture to see if it was so. They were noble minded and the Greek word for noble is
\u201ceugenes\u201d that is where we get the word \u201ceugenics\u201d from that means \u201ca good breed\u201d.
These people were noble and \u201cwell bread\u201d. What made them of a \u201chigher\u201d standard?
They were eager to embrace a message that sound beautiful and sound good, but
they searched the Scriptures to see it was the truth. This is the ideal, this is where we
must aim to be, but we sometimes find our selves in one of two extreme categories.
On the one hand we get people that will receive EVERYTHING that
sound good to them. They will hear something and receive it, hear
something else and receive that, without checking if it harmonise with
Scripture and they will be blown to and fro by every doctrine, Paul
warned us against this in Eph 4:14. We can chase the wrong things
for the wrong reasons and end up unstable and confused.
On the opposite of this extreme we find people
that will only \u201chear\u201d things they already believe.
They are not teachable and will only receive
things that will confirm their rigid doctrines they believe. These
people will never learn anything new and it is very hard for
them to filter out the lies they believe.
Our attitudes should not be either of these extremes, we should want things that are
the truth and change if we find it. We must want to know more about what YHVH\u2019s
will is, attain it at any cost, check it against Scripture, and change accordingly.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?